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Arsenal vs Newcatle United

Arsenal(2nd) host Newcastle United(7th) on Sunday in the Barclays Premier League. They are unbeaten in their last 3 Premier League games with 3 wins. And so are Newcastle United with 2 wins and a draw with a remarkable 5-1 drubbing of Sunderland in their last outing.Arsenal’s home form this season is very impressive as compared to Newcastle’s away form. Out of 5 matches Arsenal have played at Emirates this season, they have won 4 and lost 1 with a winning percentage of 80% . While Newcastle United have only won 2 and drawn 1 of their last 5 matches away from St.James Park. Arsenal have won 6 and drawn 1 at home in their last 7 meetings with Newcastle.
The last time Newcastle won at Arsenal was way back in December 2001 when Arsenal lost 1-3 to the Geordies. The Gunners love scoring against their Sunday’s opponents with 16 goals in the last 5 matches against them. Most recent being the 4-0 win in the Carling Cup in which Theo Walcott scored a brace. Newcastle have scored in only two of their last seven League visits to Arsenal. The advantage that Newcastle have over Arsenal is that their top 3 scorers have scored 15 goals. Nolan(7), Carrol(5) and Ameobi(3). Arsenal’s top 3 scorers have 11 goals, 4 each for Nasri and Walcott and 3 for Song.

Arsenal will no more be under strength as seen in the midweek against Shakhtar. Captain Cesc Fabregas, Andrei Arshavin, Alex Song and Denilson are available for the match. While Manuel Almunia (elbow), Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles), Abou Diaby (ankle), Robin Van Persie (ankle), Kieran Gibbs (knee) and Emmanuel Frimpong (knee)  are still sidelined.
Ex Gunner Sol Campbell will be unable to play at the Emirates as the central defender is ruled out with a thigh muscle strain. Hatem Ben Arfa (broken leg), Steven Taylor (shoulder), Steve Harper (collarbone) and Dan Gosling (knee) are also missing.
This is a great chance for Arsenal to close the gap on leaders Chelsea who play a resurgent Liverpool at Anfield later on Sunday.


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